A MONSTER CALLS ★★★★☆
D: J.A. Bayona (The Impossible, The Orphanage).
S: Sigourney Weaver, Felicity Jones, Toby Kebbell, Lewis MacDougall, Liam Neeson.
A creature feature where the emotional epiphanies are just as gripping as the VFX. Surprisingly sophisticated.
THE LEVELLING ★★★½☆
D: Hope Dickson Leach.
S: Ellie Kendrick, David Troughton, Jack Holden.
A believable female-led GET CARTER without the violence. Brit cinema referencing Brit cinema. Topical too.
D: François Ozon (The New Girlfriend, Young & Beautiful, In the House, Potiche, Le Refuge, Angel, Time to Leave, 5x2, Swimming Pool, 8 Women, Water Drops on Burning Rocks).
S: Paula Beer, Pierre Niney, Marie Gruber, Ernst Stötzner, Johann Von Bülow, Anton Von Lucke.
The narrative peeling and humanistic message win over. (Colour punctuating monochrome done better in PLEASANTVILLE.)
THE HAPPIEST DAY IN THE LIFE OF OLLI MÄKI ★★★☆☆
D: Juho Kuosmanen.
S: Jarkko Lahti, Oona Airola, Eero Milonoff.
A boxing film not about boxing - wise move in a subgenre awash with cliché. Feels like a 60s movie.